• Maxwell ton dampens Kohli magic

    Glenn Maxwell scored his third T20I century as Australia scored a sensational seven-wicket win in the second T20I against India in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

    Maxwell came to the wicket with Australia on 22-2 and proceeded to bat through the innings, hitting a six and a four off the third and fourth balls of the final over to take his side to a dramatic win.

    The 30-year-old’s 113 not out came off just 55 balls as he smashed the Indian bowlers for seven fours and nine sixes to achieve a phenomenal strike rate of 205.45 as he drove Australia to 194-3 off 19.4 overs.

    India had batted superbly to score 190-4 off their 20 overs, opener KL Rahul getting the innings off to a flyer by slashing 47 runs off 26 balls (3×4, 4×6, S/R 180.76), before skipper Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni shared a 100-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

    Dhoni fell after scoring 40 off 23 balls (3×4, 3×6, S/R 173.91), while Kohli was sublime in scoring an undefeated 72 not out off just 39 balls, with two fours and six sixes (S/R 189.47).

    The victory gave Australia a 2-0 clean sweep in the series, with Maxwell picking up the Player of the Series award, having top-scored with 56 in the low-scoring first T20I at Visakhapatnam.

    Maxwell is joint second with New Zealand’s Durban-born Colin Munro on the all-time T20I century list. Both batsmen have scored three T20I tons, one behind Rohit Sharma, who has scored four centuries.


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